One of my favorite places my family and I went to on our recent vacation was the Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. It was the first of the Smithsonian museums that we were able to see, and I was in absolute awe the minute I walked in the door with my husband and my two kids.
I was so excited, I started taking pictures right away. I was taking as much in as my little brain could handle, reading all the little information cards and doing my best to commit the information to memory.
But I didn't want to miss anything and I was determined to take it all in! I loved these ancient fossilized shells! They were so beautiful!
The artist in my was creating mixed media collages in my head. Here is a mixed media painting that I created this week. It is 8 x 8 x 1.5 inches on gallery wrapped canvas.
These ancient shells are call ammonites. They look very much like shelled nautiloids but are actually more closely related to octopus, squid and cuttlefish. Very similar to a nautilus, however, they grow and move into a larger chamber which has grown ahead of it. It adds newer and larger chambers to the open end of the coil and grows like this until it has reached maturity.
I love how David Weber of Thou relates the nautilus shell to life